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The origin of popular arts : Case of "Torimonocho" stories in Japan


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  • 民衆文化の発端 : 捕物帳小説の場合
  • ミンシュウ ブンカ ノ ホッタン トリ

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The author has argued cultures of commonality from various point of view. The study of culture in peoples' life is possible to approach from various point of view. In this study, "torimonocho" (torimonocho stories Edo-era) is the material to use to prove the origin of popular arts, because the stories provides excellent subjects for a social psychological research. The author has analyzed stones and summarized many "torimonocho" into several chapters followed. First, the historical and social factors were discussed. Next, the relations to the modern detective stories, to the adventure novels and other kinds of fictions. Then, the relation to characteristics of the Edo-era and to the story composition. Moreover, the popularization of "torimonocho" in it's early day was discussed.


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